Oct 7, 2007

Changing strategy

At the recommendation of Ian's doctor, we're changing our approach to helping Ian. Up to this point, we've had therapists and nurses coming into our home. Believing he's fallen into something of a boring routine, we're going to stop doing things that way and send him to outpatient therapy at the hospital beginning this week. We're hoping the change of scenery, the scheduled trips, and the available equipment at the hospital will help him regain some motivation. Ian's friends, Amanda and Heather (God bless them!), will continue to visit (hopefully!) to supplement the work of the hospital.

So, we say goodbye to those who have been visiting and helping Ian in our home. If you're one of those who have helped him, we want to thank you for all of your help. We hope this new chapter will provide some fresh stories of progress for Ian.

Please pray for grace from God for Ian to continue to work hard. Pray for the success of this new strategy. Pray for wisdom for us as we walk through this. Pray for Ian.



Anonymous said...

We are still praying. This is a wise move. Change is good and may be very stimulating for a young person like Ian. God bless you all.

Anonymous said...

This is a huge change for all of you...you are laying down your lives in serving Ian...praying daily.

Anonymous said...

Dear Steve,
You asked for prayer for wisdom. You can expect the Lord to answer(James 1:5-6). Out of all of creation, you and your family have become part of His choice possession (James 1:18) and He desires to give you wisdom liberally (James 1:5). I pray that God's grace would be multiplied to you and your family today and that you would experience this grace is in a way that you never have before. ... "The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much".(James 5:16)
In Christ's Love,
Chris P.

Anonymous said...

Praying here in Maryland -- God will reward your diligence and love for Ian.

Cindy said...

Hi folks! Just checked out your blog & wanted to let you know that I appreciate this trying of your faith. Praying that the Lord continues the good work He has begun in Ian and in each member of your family & knowing that He will. Also wanted to share with you the story of friends/neighbors of ours, also Christians, who have been going through much of the same fire; perhaps their story will be an encouragement to you. You can find their on-going story at www3.caringbridge.org/wi/daddysongbird. Take care and may the grace of our Lord Yeshua/Jesus the Messiah be with you!
Love in our Messiah,
Cindy in Wisconsin

the halls said...

Still praying. . . God is good.

Marge said...

We're praying that these changes will bear good fruit in Ian's life. You all are to be commended for the way you lay down your lives for Ian every day. We're praying for grace and strength for you, too, Ian's faithful family and friends.

The Sweigarts

Tim said...

Steve - A line from Valley of Vision has captured my mind. It is the last line from page 7 where there is an entry called The Great God and reads "I ask great things of a great God". So I say thanks to you, Steve, for sharing this change of venue for Ian; and now let us ask great things of our great God in this! SDG!
-tim, WellSpring Church, Ca